A technical producer with MediaCorp was sentenced to jail for eight months on Monday for allowing her bank account to be used to receive stolen money.
51-year-old Khanim Omar received some S$388,000 that was stolen from the bank account of a Russian businesswoman based in Barcelona.
The court heard that Khanim got to know a Wayne Derache through a dating website sometime in January 2012.
A few months later, he asked her to assist him in allowing her POSB bank account to receive overseas payments. He promised her S$15,000 for these transactions.
Between July 26 and August 1, 2012, Khanim received three overseas remittances. She would then withdraw the money and pass it to a third party at King Albert Park, as instructed by Derache.
The court also heard that the Sabadell Atlantico bank in Barcelona had received emails — purportedly from the Russian businesswoman Ms Ksenia Korsun — instructing it to transfer various amounts of money to Khanim’s bank account.
Ms Korsun had not authorised any of these transactions and later lodged a police report.
For dishonestly receiving or retaining stolen property, Khanim could have been jailed up to five years and fined; for transferring the stolen property, she could have been jailed up to seven years and fined.
Source – CNA – 1 Aug 2013